David Platt interviews Mack and Leeann Stiles and Zane and Catherine Pratt to ask them questions about their years of experience on the mission field. They provide advice on marriage, share some difficulties that they have faced, and ultimately express God’s faithfulness in their lives.
Catherine Pratt is a North Carolina native. She met her husband, Zane, at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (GCTS). She served with Zane in Central Asia for twenty years. A short-term trip to the Muslim world with a student team from GCTS confirmed her prior calling to unreached people groups. Their two children were born in a mission hospital at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Before leaving the States, Catherine worked in outreach family counseling.
David Platt is the president of the International Mission Board (IMB). He studied at the University of Georgia (BA, Journalism) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div, Th.M., Ph.D.). Before leading the IMB, David pastored the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. He is author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. David practices what he preaches through his travel nationally and internationally, teaching from God’s Word in churches, seminaries, the underground church or even under a shade tree in Africa or Latin America. He married his wife, Heather in 1999 and they are parents of three children.
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Leeann Stiles is an educational consultant in Dubai, UAE. She holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. She grew up in Louisville, KY. Leeann and her husband, Mack, have been married for 34 years and have three grown children and one daughter-in-law. She enjoys writing and leading Bible studies, and discipling women from many different countries. In the past she has directed a number of short term missions trips for students and saw how the Lord used these in incredible ways among nationals and students alike. Leeann has lived in Dubai for 12 years now and attends a church with over 50 nationalities.
Mack Stiles has served as the CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger, Speaking of Jesus, and Evangelism. Mack enjoys photography and snow skiing, but most of all loves thinking through how to apply the gospel of grace to issues confronting students in the university world. He is married to Leeann, and they are parents of three sons.
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Zane served as dean of the Billy Graham School at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2011 until 2013, before returning to the IMB where he now serves as the Vice President of Training. He previously served 24 years in an Islamic context with the IMB as a church planter and regional leader in Central Asia. Pratt also has experience as a church planter and pastor in New England and as an Army Reserve chaplain. He is a co-author of Introduction to Global Missionsand a contributor to Theology and Practice of Mission, both published by B&H Academic. Zane holds a BA from Duke and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell. He is married to Catherine with whom he has two grown children, Charlotte and Greg.
Talk Title: Missionary Living In A Hostile World (Acts 4)
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